Environmental news

August 2019

We are pleased to present a new edition of environmental news for May-August 2019 offering an overview of the latest changes in the Russian environmental regulations.

One of the most important changes considered in our digest is the enactment of much-talked about laws on extended producer responsibilities and new related initiatives.

Other topics covered include:

  • management of production and consumer waste
  • other environmental news
  • analysis of court precedents

We hope that you will find this edition interesting and informative. We will be happy to provide a detailed advice on the ongoing and planned changes.


We are pleased to present the environmental legislation news for April 2019.

An updated bill that adds the environmental tax, recycling duty, road toll, mobile network and hotel taxes to the list of federal taxes was released on 2 April 2019.

The bill enables independent recycling of waste, thus encouraging businesses to develop waste management practices. Yet, the problem of allocating the earmarked funds has not been addressed. Previously, recycling fees were collected in separate accounts and used specifically for environmental projects. After their inclusion in the Tax Code, they will become a part of the general budget. The updated version of the bill contains a number of material amendments, not addressing, however, some important disputable issues and shortcomings.

Q1 2019 has seen changes in the environmental duty calculation mechanism and reporting requirements for 2018 as part of the EPR agenda.

Also, several legislative initiatives changing the format of the consumer waste recycling report and administrative sanctions for the violation of ERP requirements were launched.

Important changes were introduced to the regulation of municipal solid waste (MSW).


We are pleased to present the environmental news for November 2018.

In 2018, the law on the extended producer (importer) responsibility (EPR) was amended to refine the procedures for product (packaging) declaration and environmental duty assessment. The main objectives were to strengthen control over the accuracy of assessment and payment of the duty and ensure compliance with the recycling reporting requirements.

Russian Government approves environmental duty rates for certain categories of goods and packaging. Last but not least, the Ministry of Natural Resources proposed raising the environmental duty rates for certain product categories.

A number of changes were made to the environmental legislation, primarily concerning waste management and the possible introduction of an environmental tax.

The Russian Ministry of Finance proposed supplementing the Tax Code with a new chapter entitled “Environmental Tax” and developed a bill to that effect. The initiative was met with a mixed reception. Some believe that the new tax will help streamline the existing environmental charges and simplify their administration without increasing the burden on the business. The critics say that it is aimed at facilitating fiscal administration, rather than giving a boost to the waste recycling industry.

The Ministry of Natural Resources underlined that it had not been involved into the development of the bill.

There were several other legislative initiatives concerning the consumer and production waste, aimed at fostering waste recycling and creating a single waste management operator.

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